Focus of the Week – (12/17/18)

BJJ | Kickboxing | Muay Thai | Kids

12.17.2018 – 12.23.2018



  • No standing technique this unit
  • Headlock escapes on the ground – We touched on these techniques a few weeks ago, but this week we will go straight to the ground and look at using the pendulum, hooking the leg to push, then pull, hooking the head and turning to all fours in order to defend the headlock on the ground.


  • Drills: De la Riva to anaconda
  • Takedown: Single Leg (dump and outsdie trip)
  • Ground: Walk around armbar spin armbar


Kickboxing – Leg Kicks

This week in KB 1, we look at attacking the legs of our opponent, using the outside low kick and the inside low kick. These two kicks are designed to attack the lead leg of our opponent and cause damage, which in turn with slow our opponent down, and opens up another level of our offense (head, body, legs). We will also look at the basic defense for low kicks, by “checking,” and how to counter and return properly.

Muay Thai – Round Kick Offense and Strategy

The most commonly recognized weapon in Muay Thai is the round kick. What differentiates the round kick in Thai Boxing from other martial arts (karate, taekwondo) is the intent thrown behind the kick. The goal of the Muay Thai round kick is to kick THROUGH your opponent, not just TO the opponent! Think of throwing a round kick like swinging a baseball bat, you must turn your entire body into the swing in order to generate force. Same thing with the round kick! Full power every time!

Kids –

Little Tigers

  • Warm Up – Front rolls, back rolls, hipping out, and break fall
  • Standing – Jab, cross, and elbow
  • BJJ – Tackle the Giant, Duck and Tackle, Clap and Tackle, review Bulldozer and Spider Kid
  • Game – Helicopter
  • Explanation – For the striking portion of the class, we will focus on basic jabs, crosses, and elbows. Make sure the students are standing in a correct Muay Thai stance. On the ground, we will warm up with a game of Infection, and then teach Tackle the Giant. In order to be successful with this move, students must understand the fundamentals of a wrestling stance, how to shoot while still keeping their head up, and to grab the giant around the knees. Set up the takedown using both Duck and Tackle (when the giant throws a punch) and Clap and Tackle. Revisit Spider Kid and Bulldozer if time allows.

Tigers – Whtie Belt

  • Standing – Guard pull
  • Ground – Mount Bottom – Knee to Elbow

Tigers – Advanced

  • Standing – Duck Under off the post
  • Ground – Back Defense – Safe Side

Thoughts – The Importance of Self-Awareness

A discrepancy between how you think you are perceived by others and how you are actually viewed exists in most of us. It is important to be aware of this discrepancy–at least in the abstract. We should all strive to be more self-aware, and pay closer attention to how our actions may affect and influence others. In doing so, we can aim to be better people in the world.


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